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    Default WWYD - Baby sitting and the common cold

    Just wondering what others would do in this situation...

    I was meant to be looking after my sisters little boy (1 year old) tomorrow for a few hours however he has been sick since the weekend and is still a bit sniffly. I have two little kids of my own and don't want to risk them getting sick.

    I feel bad not looking after him, would he still be contagious?

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    I would definitely still look after him. If he's only a bit sniffly I don't think there's much danger of you catching anything. Your children have a much greater chance of getting sick by playing in the park than anything being passed on through you.
    And if he's been sick all week your sister could probably really do with the break!

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    Oh sorry I meant he would be coming to my house and my two little kids would be there too and wanting to play with him.

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    Oh right. I still would probably do it. Just try to get to snot straight away and don't let them share any cups. If he only has a sniffle he'd be deemed well enough to go to child care, so I wouldn't imagine there would be very much risk at all.

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    It's that time of year, you can't protect them from every germ. I would only bail if you had a newborn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    It's that time of year, you can't protect them from every germ. I would only bail if you had a newborn.
    This.

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    Depends on how unwell he is, and how was the health of my own kids. I have severe asthmatics & a common cold can land them in an ambulance to hospital, so I am quite cautious. 'Just a sniffle' to one child can be quite dangerous to another. If your kids are robust and healthy usually, then I would do it.

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    I would probably still look after him and just be careful in terms of hand hygiene etc.

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    Assuming you don't have a newborn or kids with compromised immune systems/other medical conditions I would still look after him. Unfortunately it's the time of year where everyone seems to have continual sniffles/runny noses anyway!

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    Thanks all!
    I am going to still look after him, hadn't been in this situation before so was unsure.


 

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